- 1 Malaga Cathedral
- 2 Picasso Museum
- 3 Atarazanas Market (Mercado Central de Atarazanas)
- 4 The Car and Fashion Museum (Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda)
- 5 Glass Museum Málaga (Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga)
- 6 Centro de Arte contemporáneo de Málaga
- 7 Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro)
- 8 Malaga Port – ‘Puerto de Malaga’
- 9 Caminito de Rey and El Chorro
Malaga Cathedral – This imposing example of Gothic architecture is one of Málaga’s most important monuments and because of its single tower is popularly known as ‘La Manquita’ (one armed woman). The choir stalls and many of the carvings of the saints are in mahogany and cederwood, and are the work of the 17th century, Pedro de Mena. Two main chapels off the aisles are worth exploring. The Iglesia del Sagrano, which adjoins the Cathedral is richly decorated and has a very beautiful 16th century retable (retablo) which is the decorated section behind the altar.
Malaga Picasso Museum –in the Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista (the Palace of the Counts) is this elegant, reconstructed palace of the counts, which was selected to be the building to house Picasso’s many works. Built in the first half of the 16th century it was converted into the present day museum by the American architect Richard Gluckman at a cost over US$20m. Quite apart from admiring Picasso’s revolutionary art, it’s worth going down into the basement where you will be surprised by a small natural archeological museum. Everything in this museum is exactly where it was discovered during the restoration of the palace. There are the remains of the walls of the Phoenician settlement as well as the remains of an early Nasrid palace. Above ground in the gardens, is the palace garden café for a welcome snack to see you on your way.
The museum offers a permanent exhibition as well as changing exhibitions and a combined ticket will allow you entry to both.
Atarazanas Market (Mercado Central de Atarazanas)
Atarazanas Market (Mercado Central de Atarazanas) – in the Calle Atarazanas is the lively, colourful market full of fresh produce artistically displayed under Arabic archways and stained-glass windows. The market rebounds with cheerful exchanges, while the colourful displays of cheeses, fresh garden produce, fish and meats are a chef’s delight. If you ask any of the chefs in Malaga where they buy their fresh ingredients the answer is almost always from this market. So enjoy a feast for the senses in this must-visit marketplace where you can also sit and enjoy the passing parade at one of its many cafés.
The Car and Fashion Museum (Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda)
The Car and Fashion Museum (Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda) – on the Avenida Sor Teresa Prat is the most intriguing mix of vintage cars and the fashion clothing of the corresponding decades. Here stylish displays of fashion appropriate to the time by Chanel, Dior, Valentino and Givenchy complement the automobile exhibits of vintage automobiles such as a 1904 Belgian Minervette, an Italian 1921 Lancia and from the U.S. a Hupmobile. There are more than 300 cars on display and the monetary worth of the cars plus the fashion items are staggering.
On a lighter note don’t miss Dali’s shoe-hat and Elsa Schiaparelli’s Bird of Paradise.
There is no age limit to the enjoyment offered by this unusual museum, and no visit to Málaga would be complete without it.
The museum is open from 10:00 to 19:00 Tuesday to Sunday but closed on Monday.
Glass Museum Málaga (Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga)
Glass Museum Málaga – Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga – in the Plaza Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre, just past the Cervantes Theatre, is the delightful decorative art museum of the historian and collector Gonsalo Fernandez-Prieto. Here is his personal collection of glass and crystal covering every glass-making technique since the Phoenicians right up to the artistry of today. This delightful museum is housed in different rooms on the various floors of this lovely building and everything is displayed as in a private home with antique sofas, family photos, paintings and beautiful Spanish rugs. Not only is this museum worth visiting for its historic value, it offers style and atmosphere as no other museum does. The other bonus is that your entry ticket automatically includes an excellent guided tour which is not only informative but most enjoyable.
Centro de Arte contemporáneo de Málaga
Centro de Arte Contemporaneo – Málaga’s gallery of contemporary art on the banks of the Guadalmedina River in what is known as the Soho de Málaga area. It covers a vast area of some 2,400metres and is the most important of its kind in Europe. The most notable artists of 1960s North American fame are Lichtenstein and Stella and many of their works on display have been loaned to the gallery by private collectors and are part of the permanent exhibition. The gallery also hosts courses and workshops for all ages. And refreshments can be enjoyed at the outdoor terrace café.
Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro)
Gibralfaro Castle – perched high on the hill overlooking the city is the 14th century Moorish Castle built by the Cordoban emir, Abd ar-Rahman I, with its magnificent views and walkable walls. The castle was built over the site of the Phoenician fortress and was built for the protection of the Alcazaba and so was designed to house the troops of the ruling emir.
In the upper part of the castle, you will find the main courtyard and if you want to know more about its history you can pop into the Interpretation Centre. Also in this section of the castle is the Main 17 meter high tower and the baths and the Phoenician Airón well (iron well) which goes to a depth of 40 meters through solid rock.
The lower part of the castle is where the troops were housed and naturally, also houses the stables. The White Tower (Torre Blanca) was the watchtower facing North East and housing storerooms and other structures.
If a good walk is what you really enjoy then head off along the Paseo Don Juan de Temboury to the south of the Alcazaba. Once there you will see the rather steep path that meanders up through the terraces taking you direct to the castle. On the other hand, if a steep climb is not one you look forward to you can take bus 35 from Avenida de Cervantes to arrive cool and fresh ready to wander the ramparts and marvel at the fine views.
Malaga Port – ‘Puerto de Malaga’
Malaga Port – ‘Puerto de Malaga’ – a mix of ancient fishing port and modern international seaport line the natural bay on the edge of the historic cultural centre of Málaga and is currently undergoing some huge and ambitious renovation. From here, along the Promenade Pablo Ruiz Picasso you will have access to all of Málaga’s many beaches.
On one side of the central promenade lined with orange trees, are many modern shops, restaurants and bars, ideal for a day’s window shopping or that much-anticipated shopping spree. The Muelle Uno (Quay One) is an open-air mall with stunning views of La Alcazaba which puts you in two time-zones at the same time. When you visit Málaga Port you can combine a morning on the beach, lunch at Muelle Uno and some shopping in the afternoon, and arrive back at your accommodation relaxed, well fed, and happy. For really fine cuisine the number one venue has to be the Café de Paris, try it.
Caminito de Rey and El Chorro
If you want to explore Andalusia and want a taste of village life then El Chorro is definitely the place to head for. Those of you who enjoy a really good hike can start your hike here on the King’s little path (Caminito del Rey). The Caminito del Rey, once a pathway for the construction workers on the Conde de Guadalhorce dam, was considered the most dangerous in the world and as a result of the many fatal accidents was closed to the public until its rebuilding. The pathway was re-opened in April 2016 and is now a popular attraction for the more adventurous visitor.
The area around El Chorro is one of the blue lakes, pine forests and the spectacular Garganta del Chorro river gorge. For those of you who prefer a quieter walk, there are many beautiful paths to explore the lakes of this, the Malaga Lake District and for adrenaline junkies, there are many activities guaranteed to provide a good adrenaline rush in the area. El Chorro can be reached by train from Malaga or by car along the A 357 highway. For more information on the gorge and bookings for Caminito de Rey visit the official website.